1966-03-23-0190

1966/19 random objectivation

catalogue number: 1966.03.6
executed: 1966
classification: sculpture
object/work type: relief
technique/material: wood on chipboard, white acrylic paint
random number of wooden rods (53, maybe 58) 15 mm thick with lengths in multiples of 15 mm, up to 16.5 cm long; placement on the surface and horizontal or vertical position also at random
dimensions: 78.6 × 71.1 cm
signature and inscriptions: [on the reverse (felt pen)] 1966/19 / herman de vries / 1966 toevals-programmering / vooor de collectie d.w. van krevelen
edition:
current location: private collection, the Netherlands
collecting history: acquired through Galerie Wit, Wageningen (2015)
collection D.W. van Krevelen, Arnhem (February 11, 1966)
related works:
comment: in 1965, the chemist Prof. D.W. van Krevelen (Director of Research at DSM and AKZO) asked herman de vries to design and make seven 'random objectivations', for installation in a box ceiling in the living room of his villa in Arnhem. The seven works commissioned by Van Krevelen illustrate the visual richness, of the theoretically infinite number of possibilities, resulting from this approach. The first relief dates from December 1965, before de vries began numbering his work. The remaining six reliefs are dated and numbered according to the year (1966) and a serial number.
photo/scan: courtesy Nico van Breemen/Galerie Wit, Wageningen
rights & reproduction: herman de vries